Abdul Sattar Edhi, a Pakistani philanthropist who became a revered figure in the country through his sprawling network of charity services for the poor and infirm, died Friday at age 88, reports The New York Times. His family said he had been undergoing treatment for renal failure at a hospital in the southern city of Karachi.
Mr. Edhi was dubbed Pakistan’s “Father Teresa” for the work of his Edhi Foundation, which he launched 60 years ago with meager resources. Built through private donations, the organization operates free nursing homes, orphanages, and other social-service facilities as well as the country’s largest ambulance service. Known for his lush white beard and an abstemious lifestyle, Mr. Edhi took no salary from the foundation.